Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 3-9
- Spacing: 2-3"
- Height: 4-6"
- Ships As: package of 10 bulbs
Puschkinia belongs to the Lily family, Liliaceae, is native to the Middle East, and just has the one species, P. libanotica, aka Striped Squill. The plants have strappy leaves, and flowers of a very pale bluish-white, with delicate, darker stripes. The blooms exude a faint, spicy fragrance.
Plant in average, well-drained soil, in an area that receives full to part sunlight. Plant bulbs pointed end up, 3” deep and 2-3” apart. Plant in large groupings, or ‘drifts’, for maximum effect. Striped Squills also do well in rock gardens. Water well.
Provide moisture during the spring growing season. There is no need to water after blooming, as Squills prefer dry summer conditions. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. If conditions are right, the bulbs will spread and ‘naturalize’ over the area. If bulbs get too crowded, the best time to dig and divide them is in early summer, after the leaves have yellowed, but are still visible.